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Celebrating Mexico! – Chiles en Nogada

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During September, Mexico celebrates its independence and LivePuntaMita.com is joining the festivities sharing our favorite things about México. Let’s discover together more about the marvelous culture, folklore, gastronomy, festivities, music and traditions that this great country has to offer.

If you call yourself a foodie, then surely you have tried Chiles en Nogada and if you haven´t then you are missing an exquisite Mexican culinary experience!

Chiles en Nogada are a traditional Mexican, its name comes from the Spanish word for the walnut tree, nogal.  The dish is prepared with with poblano chiles stuffed with a mixture of meat and dried fruits,covered in walnut sauce, and garnished with pomegranate seeds, giving it the three colors of the Mexican flag.

Traditionally Chiles en Nogada are prepared during the months of August and September when pomegranates are in season and the date also coincide with Mexico’s Independence celebrations as the colors of the ingredients: red, white and green are those Mexico´s flag making this dish both patriotic and festive.

Chiles en Nogada are also part of Mexico’s history with origins dating back to 1821. Agustin de Iturbide was  a military commander who actively participated in Mexico´s War of Independence from Spain and eventually became the emperor of Mexico. On his way back to Mexico City after he signed the Treaty of Cordoba which granted Mexico its independence Iturbide  passed through Puebla. The nuns at the Santa Monica convent decided to prepare a special feast combining seasonal local ingredients with ones from the new continent to celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain.

Hungry? The Punta Mita Residents Beach Club is featuring a Special Menu during September showcasing the best of the Mexican Cuisine, including delicious Chiles en Nogada. But if you feel more adventurous and would like to become a chef for a day, here you have the recipe, we hope you enjoy it!


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